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Crucial Developments Concerning Canada

by Helen Blackburn / 24 May, 2017

We are delighted to confirm that Canada signed the 1996 Child Protection Convention and the 2007 Child Support (Maintenance) Convention yesterday (23 May 2017) in a ceremony that took place in the Netherlands.   In doing so Canada became the 49th and 37th contracting states

Malta’s Cohabitation Bill Passes Second Reading: Important Reminder for Cohabiting Couples Worldwide to Seek Advice & Protect Their Rights

by Lucy Greenwood / 23 May, 2017

As Malta’s Cohabitation Bill passes its second reading it is the latest country in a series, including Australia and Canada, looking set to introduce "de facto" marriage for unmarried cohabitants. For more information about Malta's Cohabitation Bill please see here.

Forthcoming Changes to Financial Remedy Applications

by Stuart Clark / 22 May, 2017

There has been a drive in recent years, led by Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the Courts in England and Wales, to ensure that financial proceedings are dealt with by the appropriate Judges, at the correct judicial level and with optimum specialisation of expertise both judicially and administratively behind the scenes. A number of important changes to the system have been introduced, often pilot-led, and with much success, and more changes are coming soon. 

iFLG take part in 10k The London Legal Walk 2017 to raise funds for vulnerable people needing legal support

by Madeleine Gordon / 16 May, 2017

On Monday 22nd May thousands of people from the legal profession will be taking part in the annual ‘London Legal Walk’, a 10km walk through central London. The aim is to raise money for the London Legal Support Trust which funds law centres and pro bono agencies in and around London which provide invaluable assistance to some of the neediest people

London reaches across Europe to embrace Istanbul and work together to combat domestic violence

by Fatimah Basama / 15 May, 2017

Fatimah Farag, David Hodson OBE MCIArb, and Madeleine Gordon

On 8 June 2012, the UK government made a commitment to help end violence against women by signing and promising to ratify The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS No.210) (the “Istanbul Convention”). 

Spousal support on divorce “revolutionised” by Italian Supreme Court

by Stuart Clark / 11 May, 2017

On 10 May 2017 the Supreme Court in Italy handed down a decision which Italian legal commentators are saying revolutionises the basis of spousal support upon divorce in Italy.